Every day, we’re exposed to a large variety of food… Especially in Singapore, where you’ll be spoilt for choice when trying to decide if you should head to a hawker center for some local delights or that new Korean restaurant down the road.
If we had things our way, we’d eat everything that we feel like having whenever we have cravings (yes, that includes fast food and desserts!) Unfortunately, we are what we eat. That’s why it’s extremely important to fuel up with the right kinds of food, so that you get the nutrients you need and the energy to power through your day!
If you’re aiming to lose some weight, then here’s the good news – we’ve put together a list of some fat-melting foods, so you can start munching on them right away! Read on to find out more about the Top 10 Fat Burning Foods:
This rich and creamy fruit is perfect for any time of the day, whenever you feel the need to have a snack. From just 1 serving of avocado, you’ll get 8% of your daily recommended value (DV) fiber. What’s more, it keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time so you wouldn’t feel compelled to reach out for that bag of chips!
Besides that, 100 grams of avocado gives you around 160 calories from monounsaturated fats. It has been reported that when you increase your monounsaturated fat intake, you’ll improve your insulin sensitivity and glycemic control. That means you’re reducing your risk of getting diabetes and gaining weight!
2) Coconut oil
Here’s the secret to burning more calories at rest: coconut oil. The magic lies in its composition of Medium Chain Fatty Acids – which are metabolized differently than longer chain fats. As they move directly to the liver from the digestive tract, they are immediately used for energy.
Coconut oil helps pump up your metabolism because it is thermogenic. That means it helps boost energy expenditure (basically, fat burning) as compared to the same amount of calories from other kinds of fat. Also, it helps reduce your appetite, so you can lose more fat in the long run!
The next time you’re choosing meat, opt for salmon if you’re looking to lose some weight! Being a rich source of lean protein, salmon keeps you full for an extended period of time. What’s more, as it doesn’t spike blood sugar, you don’t have to worry about the hunger that accompanies the inevitable drop in blood sugar after the spike.
Fish oil is another great way to zap fats, because it plays a part in suppressing lipogenic genes, which encourage fat gain. Hence, it has the ability to melt away fats while suppressing fat gain!
4) Chia seeds
Although they’re small, chia seeds can play a big part in burning fats! That’s because 11 out of the 12 grams of carbohydrate in chia seeds are fiber, which means majority of it doesn’t get digested by your body.
Thanks to their fiber content, chia seeds have the ability to absorb up to 12 times their weight in water. This means they become gel-like and expand when in your stomach, hence, increasing feelings of fullness as well as slowing down the absorption of food. As a result, you’ll consume fewer calories.
Curb your snacking habits by munching on some celery sticks! Composed of 75% water, 25% fiber and other roughage, celery sticks contain far fewer calories than your body will take to digest them. Apart from burning more calories than it contains, celery also helps to keep you full for a longer period of time.
Did you know that your morning pick-me-up has the ability to melt away fats? This is because caffeine stimulates your nervous system, therefore sending signals to the fat cells, instructing them to break down fat. What’s more, it helps stimulate the production of lipase, which is an enzyme that burns fat!
Besides that, coffee increases your metabolic rate, which makes weight loss easier. So you can now get your coffee fix without the guilt (although of course, don’t load it with too much sugar and creamer)!
7) Whole grains
Minimize your carb cravings with whole grains!
Besides being a great source of magnesium, iron, B vitamins and other nutrients, whole grains have a much higher fiber content than refined grains. Dietary fiber helps reduce your hunger, as well as regulate your bowels. Hence, it is beneficial for weight loss.
Do you tend to snack mindlessly? Well, there is a way to put a stop to that once and for all – by adding some grapefruit to your diet! Research has shown that eating half a grapefruit before your meals can help you lose more weight. What’s more, its fiber content keeps you full for longer periods of time, hence, reducing your mindless snacking!
If eating grapefruit before every meal is a bit too much for you, perhaps you can consider adding it to your salads, or simply sniffing it. A study has shown that the smell of grapefruit can help with weight loss. Also, researchers have been speculating that grapefruit oil has the ability to spur weight loss and curb cravings, as it has an effect on liver enzymes.
9) Green tea
Famous for its antioxidant-rich content, green tea’s ability to burn fats is sometimes overlooked. That’s why we’re putting the spotlight on it – because you can easily include this fat-melting beverage in your diet and have it at any time of the day!
Green tea contains catechins, which helps to speed up your metabolism and get your body to melt away more fat. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking four cups of green tea daily helped people lose more than six pounds in eight weeks. So it’s time to drink your way to a smaller waistline!
When you munch on asparagus, you’re getting a ton of minerals and vitamins in your system. What’s more, it plays a role in the shedding of fat because it helps your body to expel toxins and other wastes, while retaining good bacteria in your gut.
The best part about asparagus (besides its ability to burn fats) is that it’s not difficult to prepare, and goes well with various spices and seasonings! That means you can easily add it to any meal.
Are you ready to make 2016 your healthiest year yet? Take the first step by adding these fat-melting foods to your diet!